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Best Computers

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Computers

Best Computers

We tested 137 computers to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Computer based on the following criteria:

  • Ergonomics
  • Touchscreen
  • Performance
  • OS
  • Speakers
  • Display
  • Versatility

Below lists the Computers that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Computer is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Computers

Best Computer for Ergonomics

Represents the quality of the keyboard and pointing device, and accessibility of features.


This Computer which tested best for Ergonomics has the following features: Display size (in.), Processor, Memory (GB), Storage (GB), LCD resolution, Video adapter, Optical drive, Height (in.), Depth (in.), Width (in.), Operating system (as tested), Warranty length (mos.), Tech support length (mos.), Battery capacity (WHr), Energy Star, EPEAT level, Blu-ray or DVD, Memory-card reader, Facial recognition, Wi-Fi, Digital video out, Number of USB ports and HDMI output.

Best Computer for Touchscreen

Judgment of Windows 8 computers with screens that are sensitive to finger contact, letting you select and move screen objects, launch programs, choose from menus, scroll through photo libraries, and the like. We judge how easy it is to do tasks such as playing a game, viewing photos, web browsing, playing a video and sending an email, all using touch. Some touchscreens have "multi-touch", letting you use more than one finger to resize and rotate objects. Windows 7 touchscreen models were not tested and get an "NA".


This Computer which tested best for Touchscreen has the following features: .

Best Computer for Performance

Based on performance while running productivity applications, multimedia applications, and 3D games.


This Computer which tested best for Performance has the following features: .

Best Computer for OS

The operating system that was installed on the computer at the time it was tested.


This Computer which tested best for OS has the following features: .

Best Computer for Speakers

Covers speaker fidelity, bass response, and loudness.


This Computer which tested best for Speakers has the following features: Display size (in.), Processor, Memory (GB), Storage (GB), Video memory (MB), LCD resolution, Video adapter, Optical drive, Height (in.), Depth (in.), Width (in.), Operating system (as tested), Warranty length (mos.), Tech support length (mos.), Battery capacity (WHr), Blu-ray or DVD, Memory-card reader, Wi-Fi, USB sleep and charge, Thunderbolt port, Digital video out, Number of USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI output.

Best Computer for Display

For all-in-ones, display is our judgment of clarity, color, brightness, and viewing angle.


This Computer which tested best for Display has the following features: Display size (in.), Processor, Memory (GB), Storage (GB), LCD resolution, Video adapter, Optical drive, Width (in.), Height (in.), Depth (in.), Operating system (as tested), Warranty length (mos.), Tech support length (mos.), Energy Star, EPEAT level, Blu-ray or DVD, Built-in webcam, Multitouch touchpad, Wi-Fi and Number of USB ports.

Best Computer for Versatility

Includes hardware such as memory-card slots and AV connections, software such as security programs and productivity applications, and tech support and warranty provisions.


This Computer which tested best for Versatility has the following features: .